Author: alister

Recruiters: Here’s the rules. The first recruiter to tell me the company name, and then send the job-spec gets to forward my details – if I think it’s interesting. No company name, or spec, no chance If you send my …

Hire quickly: Addendum, recruiters Read More »

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If you aren’t taking hiring seriously – other people can, and do hire the people you need. I’ve been guilty of it before – leaving it a couple of days – or even a week before getting back to someone …

Hire quickly, because your competitors will. Read More »

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A quick fun post for those of you with an Amazon Kindle – some instructions on how to a) jailbreak your reader (trivially easy), and then b) put your own wallpapers on there, so you get a more interesting ‘screensaver’. …

Jailbreaking your Kindle, and putting new ‘screensaver’ images Read More »

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I was out last night at the The Big Xmas [bash] #, near Silicon Roundabout. It was a fun night out meeting various people, tech, business and recruiters. Oh, the shame though – I was wearing the same T-shirt as …

Booze at tech meetups Read More »

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Capistrano, makes deployment of code easy. If you need to do a number of additional steps as well, then the fact that they can be scripted and run automatically is a huge win. If you’ve only got a single machine …

Deployment with Capistrano – the Gotchas Read More »

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I’ve been pretty busy in the last couple of years, first at Binweevils and in 2011, PeerIndex – hence the utter lack of posts, but as the note on my personal CV site says, I’m taking some time off between …

Back from the coalface Read More »

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I’ve previously shown you why you may want to put some tasks through a queuing system, what sort of jobs you could define, plus how to keep a worker process running for as long as you would like (but still …

Doing the work elsewhere – Adding a job to the queue Read More »

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I’m taking a slight diversion now, to show you how the main worker processor runs. There are two parts to it – the actual worker, written in PHP, and the script that keeps running it. For testing with return from …

Doing the work elsewhere – Sidebar – running the worker Read More »

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The use of Beanstalkd as a queueing system What is an asynchronous queue The classic wikipedia quote (Message queue) In computer science, message queues and mailboxes are software-engineering components used for interprocess communication, or for inter-thread communication within the same …

Doing the work elsewhere – Asynchronous Message Queues Read More »

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Phew. That would have been embarrassing if I’d not passed my ZCE on Thursday afternoon (Jun 4th, 2009).

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